Madfriars' Farm Report: July 14

A big night for the Padres' "West Virginia Connection" as 3B Jedd Gyorko and 2B Vince Belnome combine for seven hits while CF Daniel Robertson is quietly making a push for recognition as he pushes his batting average to .325 with three doubles. In Lake Elsinore CF Rico Noel has now stolen 63 bases on the year and Fort Wayne's Travis Jankowski appears to have broken out of his slump.

T-Padres 9- Fresno Grizzlies 5

Key Statistics: CF Robertson 4-5, 3 2B, 2RBIs; 3B Gyorko 3-4 HR (15) 3 RBIs; 2B Belnome 4-4 2 2B, RBI; RHP Reyes 5.1 IP 8H 5R 5ER 2BB 8K; RHP Vincent (BS)(W) 0.2 IP 1H K; RHP Burns (S) 2.0 IP H BB 2Ks.

TUCSON, AZ--The Tucson Padres have won two of three games since the Pacific Coast League All-Star Break, beating the Fresno Grizzlies 9-5 Saturday night at Kino Stadium. The Padres lost a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning but scored twice each in the sixth and eighth while the Tucson bullpen held Fresno from the sixth inning on.

  Jorge Reyes struck out eight batters Saturday, falling two shy of the team record held by Will Inman. Josh Spence entered in the seventh inning, pitching for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list on June 24. Spence faced two left handed hitters and retired one before being replaced by Brad Boxberger, who struck out Brett Pill and got Todd Linden to ground out to end the inning. Cory Burns pitched the final two innings, picking up his second save of the season.

  Vince Belnome continued his hot-hitting homestand Saturday, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Belnome is now 7-for-11 since the All-Star Break. Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-4 with three RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run. Gyorko now has 54 RBIs in 52 Triple-A games.

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Midland Rockhounds 16 - Missions 4

Key Statistics: 2B Galvez 1-3, BB; LF C. Decker 1-3 2B, RBI, BB; DH Hagerty 1-4 HR(5), 2RBIs; RHP Sampson (L) 1.0 IP H 2R 2ER 2BB K HR.

After putting together a ten game winning streak earlier in the month, things have not been going well for the Missions who went down for their fourth straight loss and third straight where they have given up ten or more runs.

To make matters even worse top prospect Keyvius Sampson left after the first inning with shoulder soreness.

Right fielder Rymer Liriano was 1-4 with a double and a strikeout. Liriano is now hitting .132 in 42 plate appearances.

Storm 7 - Inland Empire 66ers 1 Key Statistics: CF Noel 2-3 2B, 2BB, 2SB(63); LF Tate 2-4, RGI, BB; SS Bisson 1-4, 3B; DH Wing 1-2 RBI, BB; 2B McElroy 1-2, 2 RBI 2BB; RF Miller 0-3 2BB; RHP Smith (W) 5.0 IP 6H R ER 2BB 4Ks.

  SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The Storm headed back on the road taking on the Inland Empire Sixth Sixers in a three-game series. Led by Rico Noel who went 2-for-3 scoring two runs and hitting his 11th double of the season, the Storm captured a 7-1 win.

  After Brennan Gowens singled to left field scoring Taylor Lindsey to give the home team a 1-0 lead after one, the Storm scored runs in the next five innings and held the 66ers to only one run.

  Chris Bisson put the Storm on the board in the third hitting just his second triple of the season to center field scoring B.J. Guinn.

  Bisson is second on the team in runs scored with 51 on 84 hits with a .275 batting average in 88 games.

  Bisson would score himself on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Medica to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.

  In the fourth, Guinn hit into a force out to reach first and allowed Michael Wing to score a run for the Storm.

  Noel hit his double to lead off the top of the fifth for the Storm. Noel would end up on third after a throwing error by the pitcher and score off a sacrifice fly by Casey McElroy. The Storm would pick up one more run in the inning after pitcher Fabio Martinez walked Justin Miller, Medica and Eddy Rodriguez consecutively to load the bases. Miller would score after Wing hit a high pop fly to left field.

  Noel would steal his 63rd stolen base of the season in the sixth to put a base runner in scoring position for McElroy who would hit an RBI line drive to center field giving the Storm a 6-1 lead.

  When it looked like things would come to a halt for the streaking Medica, he led off the seventh with another chance. Medica not only hit an infield single, but he would eventually score the seventh run on the night for the Storm and he would extend his hitting streak to 29 games.

  Storm starter Burch Smith went five innings and allowed only one run on six hits for his ninth win of the season. Relievers Greg Gonzalez and Chris Haney would pitch two scoreless innings each.

Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm

TinCaps 4 - Wisconsin Ramblers 3

Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 1-4, 2 RBIs; 3B Jones 2-3, 2B, BB; 1B Orr 1-4, 2 RBIs; RHP Wisler 4.1 IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 5Ks; RHP Needy 2.2 IP 2H 0R 0ER BB K; RHP Cropper(W) 2K.

FORT WAYNE, INTravis Jankowski's bases-loaded walk-off single Saturday night completed a two-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, as they defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-3. Jankowski and Lee Orr each finished the game with two runs batted in.

Fort Wayne (12-10) struggled to create offense all night, picking up just five hits over the first eight innings against Timber Rattlers starter Chad Pierce. The righty topped his prior career-high of six innings by falling one frame shy of a complete game. The TinCaps notched single runs in the second and fifth, but still trailed 3-2 after five innings.

Wisconsin (11-11, 55-36) scored once in the first and once in the second to take a 2-1 lead at the end of two innings against Fort Wayne starter Matt Wisler. The Bryan, Ohio, native departed after 4 1/3 innings, and gave up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five.  James Needy provided effective relief behind Wisler, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The TinCaps managed just two base runners from the sixth to the eighth inning. Daniel Cropper (4-1) followed Needy, retiring the side in the eighth and the ninth, setting the stage for the walk-off victory.

The Fort Wayne ninth began with a double to the left field corner off the bat of Duanel Jones, as he faced new pitcher Kevin Shackelford (0-1). Austin Hedges followed with a single, as did Lee Orr, whose single plated Jones, tying the game at three. It was the first hit for Orr since June 28th. Kyle Gaedele then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Hedges to third and Jones to second. The Timber Rattlers elected to intentionally walk Tyler Stubblefield and face Jankowski with the bases loaded and one out.

The outfielder, in just his 15th game with Fort Wayne, laced a single under the glove of first baseman Mike Garza and into right field, scoring Hedges and helping the TinCaps snap a two-game slide.

Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps

Emeralds 3 - Spokane Indians 1 (11 innings)

Key Statistics: RF Adamson 1-4, RBI, BB; SS Carmon 0-2, 2 BB; DH Richardson 1-3, 2B; RHP Church (W) 1.0 IP 2 BBs; RHP Madrid (S) 1.0 IP 2H K.

Aussie Corey Adamson had the game winning single in the top of the eleventh as the Emeralds won their fifth in a row and second extra-inning game in three days.

This year Adamson also seen some time on the mound in the Northwest League with three appearances for a 7.71 ERA.

AZL Cubs 13- AZL Padres 3

Key Statistics: LF Jaff Decker 0-3; C Daal 2-4, 2B; LF Firpo 1-1, 2B; CF Moreno 1-3 HR(1); LHP Elfin 2.0 IP 2H 0R 0ER.

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